If you are looking for some fast, frantic, family fun, then look no further! This could be the game for you! Beat That! Or as it is more formally known, Beat That! The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges offers so much fun in this little box. Essentially it is a list of hundreds of quick, simple challenges using the components inside, designed to create e a lot of laughter and fun which is archives admirably! Fun challenges you can test yourself against either on your own against the clock, in a challenge against another player or a battle royal where all players try to complete the task first.
But is this a party or drinking game? Well, this works equally well with children at a party or adults after a few glasses of fizz! Either way, this box provides all you need for five minutes or five hours of fun. There are no real rules, it’s just a case of picking out the challenges and having some fun! But the game does suggest you can have a game set to 10 challenges but do whatever works for you and your group.
You can easily take cards out to suit any age or ability, some are more physical than others, but you can find something to suit anyone in this huge list of cards. You can tailor the challenges to your group, requirements, or level of hangover.
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The challenges difficulty varies from being quite easy, to surprisingly difficult! There is a nice balance between dexterity/balance, silly/fun challenges, and skill tests. Everything is easily understood and explained, and the game has a clever levelling mechanic to make it suit mixed abilities.
After you have read the card aloud to the group and explained any specifics; each player then bets on their chances of success. Everyone starts with a group of coins of different values. If you are sure of victory, bet five coins on yourself. Feeling less confident? Perhaps bet just the one. There is bound to be a challenge more suited to your abilities later, so you can hold off committing the more valuable coins until something more suited to your skillset comes up.
It is a nice twist to the game which makes each player invested in each challenge but without the inevitable cries of the game not being fair. Ideal for children’s parties or adults alike!
What’s in the box?
Inside this colourful box of fun, you will fund the plastic cups, chopsticks, a tape measure, dice, coins, a timer and the cards needed for the challenges. And there are a lot of cards! 160 in total! This is a game you could play for hours if you wanted to. And of course, repeating challenges is obviously fine. You could perhaps pull out your favourites and then shuffle them into a family deck. That way you know each person will have cards they enjoy doing or are particularly good add. There is a lot of scope for “sandboxing” here. We have made a fair few challenges of our own with the components provide, which is a lot of fun in itself.
All the components are of decent quality. The cards are a little thin and flimsy and prone to getting easily damaged, but everything else is of decent quality. There are a decent number of balls too, which is useful as they have a tendency of flying all over the room, and I am confident you will lose some under your sofa as we did too!
A lot of the games work well over video call too, if you have a friend with some plastic cups and ping pong balls etc, you could easily play a lot of the challenges over the internet with loved ones you cannot share a room with. Parlour games for the 21st century.
So, if you are looking for everything you need to create hours of fun either for a children’s party, family game night, or an adult party with people looking for something fun and frantic away from the usual parlour games or board games, this could be the thing you need. For me, I see it as a box of essential tools I am very happy of having at my disposal. Whenever I want to set my children a challenge to fill an hour, perfect!
Whenever I need something to play with friends after dinner and they don’t fancy a sit-down board game, then here you go! Party on! Beat That! This game works for many occasions and always delivers a lot of fun and laughter. Something we all need more of right now!